Smokey Cat’s Vet Bill

Smokey cat got hit by a car last night. He’s going to be ok. He had to have surgery to repair his broken jaw, he also has a broken cheekbone and a pretty gnarly concussion aka traumatic brain injury. Surgery went well and he’s on iv meds to help bring down the swelling around his brain. The vet doc says he can come home when his neurological symptoms subside and he eats something on his own.

3 teenager neighbor kids found him laying in the middle of the street where I live. One of them stayed with Smokey while the other 2 went door to door to find his people. When they told me a cat got hit, I just knew it was my Smokey boy. I immediately called Josh and Michelle Bell. Josh came right over to assess the damage, called the emergency vet for me while I threw some clothes on (I’d been doing chores in boxers and a sports bra when the kids came knocking), helped me load Smokey into the car, and I drove down the mountain way over the speed limit.

In the midst of an utterly shit situation, there are things I am grateful for. Those kids saved Smokey’s life. If they’d just left him there in the middle of the road he would have definitely been hit by another car. They sat with me until Josh arrived. Another neighbor came out and brought a box with a towel so Smokey didn’t have to lay on the pavement, and gave me the first aid kit from their car. Josh came over immediately when he knew he may have to give me bad news. Michelle drove down to sit with me in case the vet doc had to deliver bad news. I am immensely grateful that I have good neighbors and friends who take care of each other.

I am so glad my Smokey boy didn’t die. His injuries could have been much worse. We’ve got some tough weeks of recovery ahead, so please send any healing thoughts, vibes, or prayers our way!


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Ashley Rowbury 
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